An important exchange between Bologna and Hamamatsu (Japan), both UNESCO Creative Cities of Music, is planned for the month of November 2016, furthering the collaboration between the two cities.
This exchange will involve city institutions working in the area of musical education, namely the “G.B. Martini” Music Conservatory and the University of Bologna’s Department of Arts.
A Bolognese delegation, composed of Anna Scalfaro, a researcher at Bologna University’s Department of Arts, and Rosalba Deriu, professor of Musical Pedagogy at the Conservatory, will fly to Hamamatsu from the 3rd to the 7th November to meet educationalists, cultural operators and musicians, to deepen the relationship between musical teaching and schools.
The programme plans for, among various other activities, visits to schools and educational establishments, meetings with representatives from Yamaha and Kawai – world-leading musical instrument companies – as well as the possibility to attend the World Music Festival of Hamamatsu, in which the ensemble Suz will represent Bologna City of Music.
Bologna’s visit to Hamamatsu returns the Japanese city’s visit to Bologna in May 2015, when a delegation from Hamamatsu composed of managers of education, cultural politics and the Museum of Musical Instruments aimed to further our city’s music teaching provisions, from primary education to high level training.
The programme anticipates concerts, workshops, presentations and guided tours with the participation of institutions that work in various ways with music teaching in the city, including the Muesum of Music, the Department of Arts, the Teatro Comunale, the Philharmonic Academy, the G.B. Martini Conservatory, the Bologna Festival, etc.
It is not the first time that Bologna and Hamamatsu have collaborated. In 2014 the Mayor of Bologna, Virginio Merola and the Mayor of Hamamatsu, Yasutomo Suzuki, signed an agreement of musical cooperation, in which the two cities agreed to work together to develop cultural exchanges, involving not only municipal institutions but also workers in the sector, professional talents and creative businesses.